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Ombudsman's ruling brings own credibiity into question

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The Office of the Ombudsman has cleared Finance Minister Kittirat Na-Ranong of any ethical misconduct over his "white lie" because, it says, he had not caused any damage to the private sector. 

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittirat Na-Ranong should feel relieved now he has been cleared of any ethical misconduct by the Office of the Ombudsman over the "white lie" he told about export forecasts over a year ago.

The ombudsman gave Mr Kittirat a clean bill of ethical health on Sept 13 after a year-long investigation. The ruling was not made made public until Thursday, announced by the office spokesman Raksegecha Cheechai.

Why did it take the ombudsman’s office 20 days to make public its ruling, which should be a good news for Mr Kittirat in particular?

The case was taken to the ombudsman by the Green Political Group, which accused Mr Kittirat of a breach of ethical conduct for lying about the country’s export forecast last year.

Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong - cleared of ethics charge over "white lie".

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